Geeky Lorem Ipsum Text

After 11 days of writing, and a ridiculously long and difficulty week, I was sorely tempted to make a blog post that was nothing but lorem ipsum text.

And then I thought … hey, I could do a blog post about lorem ipsum text. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, lorem ipsum is Latin text used by designers, web developers, and others when they want people to focus on the layout of a page rather than on the contents of the page.

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Nuketown SF on Facebook

Nuketown now has a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/nuketownsf. The goal of this page is two-fold: promote Nuketown, and figure out how to use Facebook pages. As I discussed previously, although I’ve been using social media for years and have 975 followers on my NukeHavoc account, Nuketown was sadly unrepresented.

This created problems with my day job as the goal becomes marketing the college via social media, rather than networking as an individual. I don’t have a lot of experience with tracking social media analytics or setting up a write-once, publish-multiple times mechanic. Getting this setup — first one Twitter, now on Facebook — is an essential part of the redesign.

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The Mysteries of Internet Explorer 9’s Compatibility Modes

It’s amazing what a little free time can do. Back in Autumn 2011 I worked hard to come up with wireframes, design comps, and an HTML build out of the new Nuketown. It was built on HTML5 and CSS3 and it was all going swimmingly … until I looked at it in Internet Explorer 9.

The entire design fell apart. IE9, which I thought had better standards support than its predecessors, simply didn’t understand HTML5 elements like “nav” or “figure”. It refused to style them, and without the formatting, the design collapsed. About the same time work got nuts, and most of my free time was devoured by work projects. I probably could have pressed ahead with Nuketown, but truth be told I just didn’t have the energy to fight the good fight.

Flashforward a few months. My big projects are complete, and I finally found some time to figure out what the hell was going so wrong with IE9. An hour of searching and experimentation revealed the answer: IE9 mode.

You see, Internet Explorer has a long history of “modes” — ways of operating that supported (or broke) certain standards. It was quirky to say the least, and I’d forgotten about it. By default, Internet Explorer 9 operates in compatibility mode, which apparently means it tries to display everything as a sucky old browser would, while choking on the latest HTML5 standards.

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